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Valorie (Skogen) Babb

Oct 23, 2015

Valorie (Skogen) Babb, 72, Minot, died October 20, 2015 after a long fight with ovarian cancer.

She was born February 25, 1943, to Elmer B and Doris (Solberg) Skogen. Valorie graduated from Williston High School in 1961 and from Jamestown College in 1965. She received her MA from Kent State University in 1976.

Valorie married James Babb in Mexico City in 1964. Their only child, daughter Lisa Gail, was born in Ohio in 1965.

Valorie taught Spanish and French in Hubbard, Ohio; Clearwater, Florida and Minot, North Dakota for 34 years. She developed a distant learning Spanish program for Prairie Public Television in 1990. The program, Hablemos espanol! was delivered via PPTV to schools in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. During her tenure at PPTV, the program was offered nationwide via satellite. Valorie was involved extensively with professional activities at the local, state, regional and national levels. She was honored to be elected President of the Foreign Language Association of North Dakota (FLAND), Chair of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (CSCTFL), President of the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) and Vice President of the Joint National Council on Languages and the National Committee on Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS).

In 1994, their daughter Lisa, was diagnosed with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a lung disease that affects only young women. Valorie became a founding member of the LAM Foundation and served as its secretary for several years. She was an active member of the Zonta Club of Sanibel Captiva, serving as the Treasurer and President of the Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida. She had been a member of the Rotary Club of Minot, a member of the Minot Council on the Status of Women, and a board member and president of the Carnegie in Minot.

During her last two years at Minot Public Schools, she was the district grant writer. One of her proudest achievements in that capacity was the grant that funded the original Community Learning Center in Minot.

Valorie is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim, Minot and Sanibel FL; her sister and brother-in-law, Gail and Gianni Migliorini Sanibel FL and Scipione, Italy and uncle, Vernon Skogen, Brainerd MN; her nephews Larry Andre, San Diego CA and Michael Andre (Tampa FL); and her son-in-law, Brian Gross and his wife, Leslie, Nebraska City; and several close cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Lisa, her brother, Larry, a baby sister, Eldora and her Aunt Violet Skogen Hillsboro, ND.

There will be no service at Valorie’s request. Her ashes will be spread in the Gulf of Mexico to join those of her daughter.

Memorials may be sent to the LAM Foundation (www.lamfoundation.org) or to the Lisa Gail Gross Scholarship Fund (Minot Public Schools Foundation, 215 SE 2nd, Minot ND).